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NEW YORK | Ed Koch, som var borgmästare under tre perioder (1978-1989) i New York, avled i februari i år.

Chris Smith, tidskriften New York, skriver:

Egomania is a requirement in politics. Ed Koch turned the condition into an art form. He was far more interesting, and more complicated, than the common narcissist. His towering self-­confidence was central to his triumphs and failures as mayor, because it enabled Koch to do what ever he thought necessary to save the city, whether that meant clowning for the cameras or betraying allies or berating political bullies. He was smart and funny and tough. But Koch’s real power was that he poured his selfishness into a wholly unselfish devotion to his city.

He started out as a reformer with conventionally leftish views: against the Vietnam War, in favor of civil rights. But Koch understood, and agreed with, the growing centrist Democratic revulsion against government bloat, drugs, and crime. He had no time for victimology. As the city careered toward chaos during Abe Beame’s term at City Hall, Koch saw his chance: Dubbing himself “a liberal with sanity,” he ran for mayor in 1977 and beat Mario Cuomo, on the strength of his personality and by appealing to the white outer-borough ethnic voters who were angry and scared. Koch had core beliefs and principles, but the ’77 campaign also established a template: To win, the former reformer was willing to embrace both corrupt Brooklyn political boss Meade Esposito and beauty queen Bess Myerson, the latter in the service of a fake romance concocted by his campaign wizard, David Garth.

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Eventually, though, his confidence metastasized into arrogance, with tragic costs: Koch’s nasty reaction to criticism from AIDS activists weakened the city’s response to the fatal epidemic. And his long-running hostility toward black leaders, coupled with the murder of teenager Yusuf Hawkins, helped Koch lose the 1989 election.

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The scars of seventies New York are invoked every campaign season, with each candidate promising he or she won’t let us slide back to those bad old days. The crucially effective parts of Koch’s tough-love response to New York’s troubles, particularly his never-back-down-to-criticism attitude, became, for better and worse, fundamental pages in the playbooks of Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg. Koch rescued the city in his first term and nearly split it in his third. He will forever be an object lesson in the cold-blooded calculations necessary to thrive in New York politics, and of the joys and dangers of personality-driven politics.

Koch var också en förnyare av politiska valkampanjer.

På 1970-talet kunde kampanjstaberna inte använda egna datorer för att analysera resultaten från opinionsundersökningar och reklamkampanjer. Man fick istället gå via datorena på olika universitet.

För att råda bot på detta köpte och monterade Mark Penn, som anlitats av Kochs politiska konsult David Garth, en egen dator för att kunde få feedback redan dagen efter en undersökning.

Penn skulle senare komma att arbeta för både Bill Clinton och Hillary Clintons presidentvalskampanj.

Läs mer: Evan Cornog, en av Kochs pressekreterare skrev artikeln “Ed Koch sweated the details för Newsday.

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch dead at age 88” av Larry Celona (New York Post).

61 “Memorable quotes (and Tweets!) from late New York mayor Ed Koch”.

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DEBATT | Alla verkar vara överrens. Antingen framhäver man att Mitt Romney vann över Barack Obama eller att de ideologiska skillnaderna tydliggjordes.

The Denver Post, Denver, USA

Boston Herald, Boston, USA

The News & Advance, Lynchburg, Virginia USA

New York Post, New York, USA

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TVÅ kvinnor har nu offentligt trätt fram för att anklaga Herman Cain för sexuella trakasserier. Själv viftar Cain bort alla anklagelser.

Cains krishantering kan grovt delas upp i tre delar:

1) Business as usual.

Cain har förnekat alla anklagelser. Han har hela tiden hävdat att han är oskyldig.

För att understryka att han är oskyldig har han fortsatt kampanja som vanligt. Samtidigt har han hävdat att det säkert kommer fler anklagelser och att smustakastning är en del av vardagen i politiska valkampanjer.

2) Underminera och misstänkliggöra.

När det nu finns två kvinnor med både namn och ansikte har hans kampanj och allierade gått över till att försöka underminera kvinnornas karaktär och trovärdighet.

En av kvinnorna – Sharon Bialek – anklagas för att ha ekonomiska problem. Man antyder därmed att hon nu eller någon gång framöver kommer att försöka tjäna pengar på anklagelserna.

Michael D. Shear på bloggen The Caucus skriver:

In an e-mail titled “Who is Sharon Bialek?” Mr. Cain’s campaign says she has sought the public spotlight by making “patently false allegations” against the Republican presidential candidate.

And the e-mail casts Ms. Bialek as a frequent job-hopper who has gone bankrupt twice and has what the campaign calls “a lengthy record in the Cook County court system.” The campaign lists her as the defendant in six lawsuits brought by companies and individuals.

“Which brings up the question of why she would make such reprehensible statements now?” the e-mail says. “The questions should be – who is financing her legal team, have any media agreed to pay for her story, and has she been offered employment for taking these actions.”

3) Undvik seriös media.

En mer originell form av krishantering är att berätta sin version direkt i ett underhållningsprogram på tv. Därmed fick han ut sin version i media redan innan han höll sin egen presskonferens.

Cain sidsteppade de mer seriösa tidningarna och nyhetsprogrammen. Istället var det ABC:s komedishow Jimmy Kimmel Live som fick  intervjun.

Alessandra Sandy The Caucus:

It used to be that candidates would try to diffuse scandal with a carefully choreographed appearance on a serious news program like “60 Minutes.” Eventually, if and when the ado abated, some showed up on Letterman, Leno or Jon Stewart to signal that were good sports. Mr. Cain, who said he planned to hold a news conference later on Tuesday, went first to a comedy show, using humor to deflect new and serious accusations of sexual misconduct.

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And Mr. Cain’s decision to bandy words rather than answer questions underscored how politicians have learned to ignore the mainstream media and use entertainment shows to direct their message.

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Mr. Cain used comedy for a serious purpose. But it is a measure of how commonplace it has become for politicians to campaign on late-night comedy shows that Mr. Cain, a major “get” for any serious news organization, was not even Mr. Kimmel’s headliner. Taylor Lautner, the heartthrob star of the “Twilight” movies, was the first guest.

Övrigt: Framsidan ovan är New York Post från den 9 november 2011.

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